“Trial and Error II” plans a future European project about journalism education

After two days of conference, the “Trial and Error II – Innovation and trends between the classroom and the company”, which took place between 10 and 11 May, at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Minho, came to an end with a positive balance to the organization.

Sandra Marinho, a CECS’ researcher and coordinator of the event, saw this conference as a “place for debate and exchange of experiences in teaching communication and journalism”, thus allowing discussion and promotion of innovative practices.

With around 35 participants from different nationalities and universities – Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, England, Brazil and Portugal – Trial and Error II was the basis of the launch of “a future European project focused on journalism education” and sought to be an “opportunity to share practices and teaching experiences that can be replicated in new contexts”.

Present throughout the conference were Marcus Leaning (University of Winchester) and Harmen Groenhart (University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands). Leaning addressed the involvement of students with the media through digital tools and Groenhart spoke about the new media in journalism education.

As chair of ECREA’s Temporary Working Group on Journalism and Communication Education and member of the organizing committee, Michael Harnischmacher (University of Passau), mentioned some of the objectives of the conference and explained the name “Trial and Error II”.

The organization of the Portuguese edition was in charge of the CECS, with researchers Sandra Marinho (Coordinator), Madalena Oliveira, Luís António Santos and Elsa Costa e Silva.